“People ask me if I’m coming back and I say ‘Nup. She’s had her arc!’” she recently told TV Tonight.
“As you get older you don’t tend to play big roles, you tend to play someone’s mother and then you’re killed off in the first episode like A Place to Call Home.
“I played Marta’s mother and I was gone after two scenes. If they keep doing this to me, I can’t earn any money! And lo and behold I’m killed off again!
“The next contract: no deaths!” she insisted.
McQuade is set to return to the stage, playing opposite two African actors with South Australian Theatre Company. But she loved her time in Wentworth, including the chance to win over die-hard Prisoner fans.
“Everyone who was a fan said ‘They’re so different and I love them both!’” she said.
“And it was great not having too re-do someone else’s character. I really enjoyed that I got to create my character.”
“A lot of people were worried, but I think they’ve unworried them!” Lehman said of the new cast.
“I thought it was great that people who loved the original have been brave enough to come and look at the new one and take it on its own merits,” Ireland added.
“I was hoping they would live up to us and they’ve exceeded it,” Lehman generously offered.
“I don’t know that I had time to think about it because it was really important to be present on the set and do the best with what we had, which was a lot,” she said.
“And also to not let Prisoner inform Wentworth too much.
“Obviously it’s really found it’s own place in the world. So I’m really stoked.”
Filming for Season Two begins in September and Cormack has already had discussions with writers about the direction of her character.
“There’s lots of interesting new characters to help rock the boat and bring in new conflict, which is always necessary for the drama. Bea has a really great arc over the whole series.”
Meanwhile she is filming Rake‘s third season for the ABC.
“I’m on the other side of the law playing a defence lawyer probably representing someone like Bea!”